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Judge sentences Mercer County man to 80 years in prison for 2020 double murder

LASHMEET, W.Va. — A Mercer County man will spend 80 years in prison in connection with a double murder in 2020.

Kenneth Adkins

Kenneth Adkins, 21, of Lashmeet, received the maximum sentence Monday by Mercer County Circuit Judge William Sadler after previously pleading guilty to two counts of second degree murder.

Adkins shot and killed Dalton Ramsey, 19, and Josh Williams, 19, both of Lashmeet, on Mar. 11, 2020 while they were sitting in a truck.

Ramsey and Williams ran from the gunfire, but Adkins continued to shoot them. Their bodies were found the next morning by a homeowner. Adkins was arrested two days after the shooting on Mar. 13, 2020 in Ohio.

Adkins is currently being held at the Southern Regional Jail.

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